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  12:08:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 523 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, OTA HDTV, Networking

This just in....

May 23rd, 2004

Well, I have a Samsung HLN4365W DLP RPTV on is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, May 29th, 2004.

I can hardly wait....

In the meantime, check out the before shot of my home setup. :roll:

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  11:03:10 am, by The Dreamer   , 301 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV

Samsung SIR-T351 & ReplayTV

Well, I got it working....

Selected Satellite box....Samsung/Other -> 7110 and fine tuned (changed minimum number of digits to enter to 2...for what I tried it tuned fastest this way).

First time I selected DirectTV as my lineup, and deleted all the non-local channels. Only problem is it bumped my standard cable line up by add 1000 to the digits. For such a small number of local OTA channels...that is kind of annoying.

So, I used WiRNS to pipe in a smaller lineup....this put the OTA HD channels after the standard cable line up....a side effect is that it only added 100 to the numbers. Standard cable ranges on channels 2-71.

Only problem is I'm not happy with the results....

The HD stations send 16:9 source all the time....just black borders on the side when the show is 4:3. The box on SD letterboxes the 16:9 default....which puts borders top and bottom.

So when the show is 4:3 is makes for a really small picture with borders on all four sides. I could choose zoom, which but then I'll lose the sides of realy 16:9 shows.

Probably will be less of an issue once my 43" TV arrives....just looks really bad on my 21" TV.

Plus I'll probably one use it when I want to record 16:9 HD content in SD .... on to my ReplayTV.

I'm probably gonna break down and rent the cable company HD DVR to timeshift HD shows. Perhaps someday there'll be a ReplayTV that will do HD. I hated the non-HD DVR...and I don't think anything has changed in the HD version...except that it can do HD, store less, but comes with a bigger drive..... Apparently a 160G drive instead of an 80G drive...and record about 16 hours instead of 32 hours. (32hours on 80G to 16hours on 160G).


  11:13:13 am, by The Dreamer   , 466 words  
Categories: General, Hardware

My Hot Dell sounds like it is going to take off....

Maybe its a mistake buying my new computers around my birthday....

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  12:10:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 701 words  
Categories: General, ReplayTV

Near ??? Experience?

I've been busy this past I haven't done much (any) TV watching....I've only been home to catch a few hours of shuteye...and check for Poopli requests.

I'm positive that RTV4 worked during the week (though I was going to comment about RTV1 being a little bit sluggish first thing in the morning.....but freed up some space, and it seems to be going again....wonder if the drive gets fragmented or is a 5160, almost everything in standard...and I was running in the single digits of hours left. It is also the oldest of all my RTVs. RTV2 is slated to become a 5250 next, but maybe I'll do RTV1 again.)

Anyways...RTV4 wouldn't respond to remote control this morning...hold the power button and reboot...a couple of times...yank the cord for reboot...unplug everything and then back...still no response to the remote (both my multi-unit remote and the factory remotes...I have lots of extras &#59;) )

I started to worry...but I pulled ReplayPC/PRG/Webremote...and saw that all my shows where there (and that I could mostly work the unit....darn double select bug)....I ended up watching them all using IHVS...and deleting everything.....not that I had to, but I was trying to reschedule all the recordings to other machines in case I choose to try to get warranty work on it.

I thought about doing a factory reset on it...but if the remote still didn't work, how would I navigate through the setup?

Then for some reason I'm not sure about...I decided to void my warranty....ISC was July 1st, still some left on it. I opened it up to the IR board...and noticed the smell of something burnt.

I started wondering about getting a replacement board. But, then I saw that the solder connection on the middle lead of the IR sensor had popped (in) I got out my old butane soldering iron and touched it up.

But, just to be crazy....I decided while I had it open (and though I didn't damage the warranty sticker opening it up)...and since I had already watched or archived everything on the drive. I would try patching it....RTV4 is a bumping it to 80GB would be nice. Too bad I didn't have any 250GB drives just laying about extra at the moment. But, I plan to upgrade the 5040s first.

Put it all back together....the hard part was getting to cover to go back doing so, I destroyed the warranty sticker.... >:(

Hook it all back up...plugged it in....waited for it to come up and shut off. And, then I used the works.

Neat thing....was I don't have any extra IDE ports in my computer to connect drives for is on my list to get a dual drive firewire enclosure. What I did have was an extra DVD firewire unit...I opened it up, and hooked the RTV drive instead of the DVD...and that worked....and since I have an extra CD-RW firewire unit elsewhere....hmmm.....

....darn, just remembered, I was going to donate that to the charity auction last week. One of the things that kept be busy last week....even in the final hours of the auction, I was still trying to iron out bugs in the software.

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